About CAI's Certified Professionals
The Community Association Institute (CAI) offers community association managers many opportunities for professional development through its Professional Management Development Program with CMCA, AMS, and PCAM designations. The PMDP serves as a road map to help professional managers navigate their community association careers successfully with a series of courses where they acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the diverse demands of the profession.
The PMDP courses are designed to prepare the professional manager for the Association Management Specialist (AMS) designation and the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation. These designations are the easiest way to identify the best in the industry.
If you are a manager, focusing on your professional development is vital to your continued success. Each designation level will enhance your knowledge and improve your ability to effectively operate a community association.
As a homeowner, encouraging and supporting your community manager through his or her professional development will enhance your community's status. The community will benefit from a professionally run operation and the value and desirability of your community will grow - this is definitely a great benefit for everyone!
PCAM - Professional Community Association Manager
PCAM is the highest nationwide professional designation available to managers who specialize in community associations. To earn a PCAM, one must complete the following courses:
All of these courses run about two days in length. After successfully completing all of these courses and having at least three years experience in the field community management, you may apply for the case study exam, which is usually held at the CAI National Conference site.
AMS - Association Management Specialist
The AMS® designation is the second tier of professionalism for community association managers. It is the first advanced level of recognition awarded by the Community Associations Institute (CAI), the nation's voice for condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations. The AMS designation must be renewed every three years.
To earn the AMS designation one must:
CMCA - Certified Manager of Community Associations
Obtaining the CMCA credential demonstrates that you possess the fundamental knowledge required to effectively manage community associations. To earn a CMCA you must complete the following:
AAMC - Accredited Association Management Company
This designation program was developed to recognize those association management companies that have chosen to demonstrate a commitment to excellence and to practice association management in an ethically prescribed, fiscally responsible manner. To obtain the AAMC® designation, the applicant must: